my home office (which, oddly enough, I just did in the past couple of days) since we will be using the Murphy bed I built for company this weekend.
Even more oddly, I found 3 different meh orders i hadn’t even opened yet… I meh have a problem…
@unksol Actually it’s something I cobbled together myself.
Years ago the local library was getting rid of a bunch of books during a community yard sale and at the end of the day they were loading them into a city truck to take to the dump, My wife and I both freaked out because… BOOKS you know…
We loaded them all into the back of my old Datsun pickup work truck and brought them to our house and literally (you see what I did there…?) covered the living room floor in stacks and stacks of books. We then proceeded to contact everyone we knew and managed to give away about 75% of them to other homeschoolers and “librophiles”.
One of the things that there was a lot of was old Reader’s Digest condensed books, so I took them and removed the pages, then cut them down to about 2 inches from binding to the edge. I cut some small wood blocks and painted them white to hold the ‘pseudo books’ in shape and used an airgun to staple them in place. I then built a set of “bookshelves” to match the real ones across the room that were full of actual books. These were mounted on a couple of lauan doors I re-purposed and behind that space I took a double bed mattress frame and attached a 5 ft long piano hinge to the front edge. I made a couple of “swing down” feet for the foot end of the bed to hold it off the floor when it comes down. After I put plywood across the bottom of the bed frame I put on a double bed mattress and voila… Murphy bed.
It is a bit heavy to let down but not unmanagable.
My son was inspired by the design and years later actually bought a Murphy bed frame that is spring loaded so that it lifts more easily.
The first time my (now ex) brother-in-law saw it he reached up and pulled out one of the books then got this puzzled look on his face when he was it was only 2 inches ‘deep’. He like to have flipped out when my wife pulled the middle of the bookcase and it opened to reveal the bed…
It was hard (emotionally and intellectually) to trash all the books for this project and run them through a table saw, but since they were destined for the dump anyway, I got over it pretty easily (plus… RD condensed books are not really books IMHO). The resulting extra guest space has been well worth the effort and is still one of the highlights when my wife does a ‘tour’ of the house for new acquaintances. If I can remember to do it later this weekend I will post some pics.